Cheerleading is not all glamour
Being a cheerleader is more than pom poms, flips, leaps and highkicks.
On top of working or studying fulltime the 20 women who make up the Auckland Blues SkyCity cheerleading team complete a tough training regime.
Cheerleader Lucy Turner says the training is hard work, but having dancing experience helps a lot.
“When we’re learning a dance we go through the movements really quickly and you’ve just got to keep up.
“The girls in the team were chosen because they picked up on movements easily,” Miss Turner says.
The team trains at Remuera Intermediate School for four hours a week, and practises for two hours before each game.
Time is also spent on grooming and “glamming up” for the performance.
Smokey eyes and soft curls are all part of the SkyCity cheer team’s look, as the girls aim to give off a sexy yet sophisticated appearance.
“Having a spray tan and fake eyelashes is all part of the uniform,” says Miss Turner, from Ponsonby.
“We all went to hair and makeup tutorials to be taught how to do ourselves up properly by the professionals.”
But looking gorgeous and being able to fit into a tiny uniform isn’t what cheerleading is all about.
Squad choreographer Claire Baxter knows this group of young women have a lot more to offer.
“Most of the girls have an incredible skill base behind them.
“They’re not only professional dancers, but girls who run marathons and study at university.
“One team member also enjoys her job as
Hard work: Lucy Turner is a cheerleader for the Auckland Blues SkyCity Cheerleaders.